The Hive Renovation

Mont Blanc views as the chimney comes down at The Hive

The chimney has come down at the renovation of The Hive in Les Gets. The huge chimney which measures more than 2x2.7m was one of the features which attracted us to the barn when we first saw it. A local architect who looked around when we were first viewing the property literally stood staring in awe at the structure. Apparently not many of these original chimneys have survived, being entirely made out of wood! The plan is for us to take it down, and re-build it at the front of the barn central to the lounge to be a real feature in the open space. Where it was, it was going to interfere with...

The Hive renovation: Balcony comes down, more walls & ring beam and a broken foot!

It has been another busy week on the renovation of The Hive in Les Gets and a lot of progress has been made. Karl continues to make the ringbeam round the walls of The Hive pulling together the structural walls. In order to complete the front of the house, the balcony had to come off: The ringbeam continuing round: Meanwhile, the builders are building walls at breakneck speed! (or break foot speed!! - see last paragraph) The new gable wall for The Hive is complete: The wall at the back of the chalet is complete too: Milly checks in for a site inspection, and confirms...

The ring beam starts to go in!

One of the biggest hurdles with the renovation of The Hive is that we are not allowed to increase or reduce the volume of the building during the process. This obviously proved difficult when the foundations went in (being a 150 year old building it didn't have any to start with) The only way for it to be done safely was to prop up the building section by section dig the foundation, fill with concrete, and build the new structural wall as quickly as possible. Another area where it has proven to be difficult is putting in the ring beam, usually done in one step. Instead, Karl has been cutting...

The Hive renovation continues….

Five weeks have passed until the start of renovating The Hive in Les Gets and what a five weeks it as been! There has been lot of progress with big structural work to stabilise the building. So much has happened that several blog posts will be added this week to show all of the work so far. To finish where we left off….The blockwork for the new gable wall on the left hand side of The Hive Chalet was finished: The old rotten wooden wall cut away: The last of the hay was cleared and burnt!! Yay!! (Just in time for us to be told weren’t allowed a bonfire!) The foundations...

Renovation of The Hive begins!

The renovation of the barn into our next catered ski chalet, ‘The Hive’ is in full swing. We finally received the keys on 18th April 2014 and since then there has been an awful lot of clearing to be done! Here is a picture of the barn, or The Hive as it is now called. It looks like a semi detached building but it is one building. The left hand side is the oldest built in 1886 and the right side was added at a later date. There is a 'Mazot' in the back garden too. More about the history of the building in a later post. Too much has happened this week to fit all the background information in!  Clearing...